You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. LOCO has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with LOCO holdings at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare LOCO to other stocks including WMIH Corp (OTCMKTS:WMIH), Lion Biotechnologies Inc (NASDAQ:LBIO), and ReTailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ:SALE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 27% drop from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in LOCO at the beginning of this year, so hedge fund sentiment is still slightly positive in 2016. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LOCO), worth close to $5.5 million. The second most bullish fund manager is SG Capital Management, led by Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider, which holds a $4 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners. We should note that SG Capital Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.